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Hybrid energy system benefits mine, indicates sustainable momentum

By: Cameron Mackay     10th June 2022 The approval of a solar and battery system at miner Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, reflects an ongoing shift in the African mining sector towards sustainability, self-reliance and cost control, states energy investment company CrossBoundary Energy mining business... 

Aggregate prices to rise with fuel price

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 The rising cost of fuel in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict is placing increased pressure on South Africa’s quarries, which are at pains to limit the impact on the price of their aggregates. “Aggregates are low-value commodities with comparatively low profit margins. Therefore, rising fuel... 

THE FUEL EFFECT
Quarries can no longer absorb rising operational and transport costs, which will directly impact on the cost of mining per ton
THE FUEL EFFECT Quarries can no longer absorb rising operational and transport costs, which will directly impact on the cost of mining per ton

Association tackling quarry safety with handbook

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 Trackless mobile machines and vehicles, unfortunately, remain a major cause of accidents on mines, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. Earlier this year, Aspasa published its Driver’s Handbook under its Best Practices Guidelines series. 

An image of a Bell excavator at a quarry
SAFETY MAKES CENTS Employees will always have a vested interest in ensuring the economic sustainability of their employer, as that directly impacts on their livelihood

Quarries upgrading to next-gen detonation tech

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME is steadily upgrading local quarries that have been using its AXXIS GII electronic detonation system for years to its latest-generation electronic detonation technology, AXXIS Silver. “The conversion of one to the other is straightforward, as... 

An image of the AXXIS Silver
THE AXXIS SILVER The electronic delay detonator technology is a cost-effective solution for operations with less demanding blasting needs

Quarrying under pressure, owing to lack of road builds

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 A lack of genuine infrastructure development over the past ten years has reduced demand for aggregates, placing significant pressure on local quarries, says construction materials supplier AfriSam. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue, which is epitomised by the lack of road... 

An image of two AfriSam employees inspecting some of the processed product
STICKLER FOR STANDARDS All AfriSam products meet the SANS 50197 requirements and are made in facilities that are ISO9001 accredited

Pilot Crushtec introduces new versatile scalping screen to the South African market

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2022 With a growing requirement to do more with less, contractors can now take advantage of industrial machinery company Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen, the versatility of which enables contractors to adapt the machine and deliver their desired results on a variety of applications.... 

Pic of Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen on display at Pilot Crushtec's premises in Jet Park, Johannesburg.

Here’s one idea for ending load-shedding within two years  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2022 As Eskom consults a range of experts to assess potential solutions for resolving the load-shedding crisis, independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson has a proposal that he believes will end rotational power cuts in two years without creating stranded assets or increasing tariffs. The proposed... 

Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson
Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson

M&R's Mining platform achieves strong recovery, order book at pre-pandemic levels

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2022 Engineering and mining contracting firm Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) Mining platform says its order book has recovered to pre-pandemic levels. M&R Mining Platform CEO Mike da Costa adds that the platform has made a strong recovery from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A photo of M&R Cementation's work at the New Clydesdale colliery

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bioremediation could be a solution to mining tailings – Averda SA

By: Schalk Burger     7th June 2022 Bioremediation of mining waste streams, or tailings, is a promising solution for mines to achieve their zero waste-to-landfill objective and replace chemical remediation to render hazardous wastes inert, waste management and recycling company Averda SA says. Mine tailings are diverse and the most... 

A photo of bioremediation being implemented at a mine site

Barminco wins major Cowal contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th June 2022 Gold miner Evolution Mining has awarded ASX-listed mining services provider Perenti a near A$520-million underground mining contract at the Cowal gold mine, in New South Wales. Perenti on Tuesday announced that its subsidiary Barminco had been awarded the new contract, expanding the divisions’... 

AECI Mining’s new CEO aims to cut carbon footprint, grow outside Africa 

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2022 Newly appointed AECI Mining CEO Mark Kathan (51) says his main focus over the medium term will be the greening of the company’s manufacturing and logistical footprint, while also growing the firm’s presence in the rest of the world. Kathan, the former AECI CFO, put up his hand for the top job at... 

Image of AECI Mining CEO Mark Kathan 
AECI Mining CEO Mark Kathan 

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Copper furnace component supply in final stage

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has shipped the last of three batches of copper furnace components to a metal smelting and recycling firm, in Germany. The third and final batch was shipped last week and arrived at its destination on time. 

A copper cast Lander chute with tapoholes used in a flash furnace to skim slag off molten copper
COPPER CHUTE The copper components for a new German client requires the use of raw, pure copper

Converter to be supplied to smelter

3rd June 2022 Metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group has been selected to supply a Peirce-Smith Converter for converting nickel matte for the production of batteries to global nickel exporter Société de Nickel de Nouvelle Calédonie et Corée (SNNC) in South Korea. The supply will fast-track the... 

A group of gentlemen representing furnace component manufacturer and SMS group and nickle exporter SNNC holding a sign announcing the conclusion of their contract signing meeting
A GOOD SIGN The contract signing ceremony between SMS group and SNNC held earlier this year in South Korea

New filters for alumina plant

3rd June 2022 Mining plant and machine supplier thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies and diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) in February signed a contract for the supply and replacement of four electric filters at the Pavlodar Alumina Plant, part of the Aluminium of Kazakhstan... 

Two men in suits sitting at a table signing the documentation for the or the supply and replacement of four electric filters between thussenkrup and Eurasian Resources Group
PEN TO PAPER The signing ceremony of the contract or the supply and replacement of four electric filters

Supplier for Brazil ferronickel mine chosen

3rd June 2022 Industrial engineering and equipment multinational FLSmidth has been chosen as the supplier of the rotary kiln and rotary dryer for the Araguaia Niquel Metais ferronickel mine in the state of Pará in the northern region of Brazil. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2022 and is valued at... 

A large rotary kiln and drier system manufactured by FLSmidth is being delivered to the rAaguaia Niquel Metais ferronickel mine in Brazil
TURNING POINT The rotary kiln and drier supplied by FLSmidth is being delivered to the ferronickle mine in Brazil

Service provider continues to expand its fleet

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition has steadily expanded its fleet of equipment to befit projects that facilitate relines and repairs on furnaces and kilns of all types. Furnace demolition projects generally represent a smaller proportion of the company’s scope, as furnace demolition... 

A large yellow Hyundai rock breaking machine used inside a furnace to break down the ceramic inner walls of a furnace
INSIDE JOB Jet Demolition offers solutions to work inside confined spaces such as on furnaces

New system benefits mining operations

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd June 2022 Global mining specialist and supplier of equipment and systems for openpit and underground mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing company TAKRAF has introduced a materials handling system that links a mine to the final point of ore discharge at its processing facilities,... 

An image depicting first ore at the head drive station of the gearless drive overland conveyor, in Chile
CONVEYOR ‘COPPER’ATION First ore at the head drive station of the gearless drive overland conveyor, in Chile

Acquisitions strengthen contractor’s capability

3rd June 2022 The global mining platform of engineering and mining contractor Murray & Roberts has significantly extended its capabilities over several years with two key acquisitions in the US and Australia, says Murray & Roberts CEO Mike da Costa. The two companies in which majority interests have been... 

Image depicting Mike da Costa, Murray & Roberts CEO
MIKE DA COSTA Terra Nova is a perfect fit for Murray and Roberts’ mining platform and gives us the capability of delivering, for example, conveying systems of up to 12 000 t/h capacity

Group acquires conveying systems company

3rd June 2022 Leading international manufacturer of intralogistics systems in the field of conveying and loading systems, sorting and distribution the BEUMER Group has acquired supplier of conveying systems and loading technology FAM GmbH. The contracts were signed with the expectation that the transaction... 

An image depicting an aerial view of the BEUMER offices
ACQUISITION BENEFITS Through the acquisition, the BEUMER Group offers FAM a long-term perspective based on high quality, sustainability and innovation

Mining specialists active in energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd June 2022 In light of the global energy transition, global mining specialist and equipment supplier for openpit and underground mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing TAKRAF is guided by various green principles when providing solutions for its clients, says TAKRAF belt conveyor systems... 

An image depicting the blue and yellow TAKRAF maintenance cart on a steep 26% decline section at a copper mine, in the US
ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE The TAKRAF maintenance cart on a steep 26% decline section at a copper mine, in the US

Firm launches new tech

3rd June 2022 Global leader in bulk handling equipment solutions Martin Engineering has launched its innovative N2 remote monitoring system for conveyor belt cleaners in countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Designed for any belt cleaner using a polyurethane blade, the N2 Position... 

An image depicting the N2 gateway hub through which data passes on its way to the Cloud
N2 BENEFITS the N2 PI system tracks belt cleaner performance and informs users when servicing is required using an intuitive cloud-based mobile app or desktop dashboard

Brikor breaks ground at new Nigel-based Grootfontein mine

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2022 Building and construction materials manufacturer and supplier Brikor broke ground at its Grootfontein mine, in Nigel, Gauteng. The mine is adjacent to the company’s fully-owned Ilangabi coal mine.  

DRA ordered to pay costs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2022 ASX and JSE-listed project management and operations group DRA Global and some of its directors have been ordered to pay a combined A$76 299.90 plus tax by the Australian Takeovers Panel. The Takeovers Panel last month declared unacceptable circumstances around the actions of certain DRA... 

Aura deploys drill rig to Tiris, Mauritania

By: Darren Parker     27th May 2022 ASX- and Aim-listed Aura Energy has announced that a diamond drill rig has been mobilised from Mauritanian capital city Nouakchott to its 85%-owned Tiris uranium project to begin the 10 000 m infill drilling programme, with results expected in the fourth quarter.   The diamond drilling will... 

Hummingbird working to bring second asset into production following 2021 losses

By: Darren Parker     27th May 2022 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources has reported a diluted loss a share of $2.78c for the financial year ended December 31, 2021, compared with the earnings a share of $5.02c reported for the 2020 financial year. Hummingbird currently has two core gold projects, the producing Yanfolila gold mine, in... 

Yanfolila gold mine in Mali
Yanfolila gold mine in Mali

Botswana mining sector on the rebound

By: Halima Frost     27th May 2022 The Botswana mining sector is on the rebound, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the sustained period of subdued commodities prices from 2015 to 2019, industry organisation Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa tells Mining Weekly. He adds that the rebound can be... 

A large uncut diamond on a bed of black kimberlite from a mine in Botswana
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH The mining sector in Botswana holds great potential for investors according to the Botswana Chamber of Mines

Alliance promotes citizen-owned firms in fuel

27th May 2022 In a ground-breaking development for the Botswana oil and gas industry, leading diamond producer Debswana and national oil body Botswana Oil have entered a strategic partnership that is aimed at capacitating citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain. Through the agreement, Botswana... 

A large fuel tanker at a filling station in Botswana
FILL 'ER UP The partnership between Debswana and Botswana Oil will capacitate citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain

Botswana’s only gold mine changes hands

27th May 2022 Gold ore mining company Galane Gold announced earlier this month that it had completed the sale of its Mupane gold mine in Botswana to majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company. Mupane gold mine, located about 30 km southeast of Francistown city, is the only gold mine currently in... 

A top view of the Mupane gold mine which is being sold by Galane Gold to the majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company
GOLDEN EGG Mupane gold mine is being sold by Galane Gold to the majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company

Demo plant, feasibility studies progressing

27th May 2022 Manganese development company Giyani Metals announced progress on its demonstration (demo) plant and feasibility study (FS) for its Botswana-based manganese oxide project, the K.Hill project, and on exploration and corporate activities, in March. At the time, Giyani said that the design of the... 

A team of mine staff working on test drilling and studies at the owned by Giyani Metals K.Hill project in Botswana
DIGGING FOR RESULTS The feasibility studies and demonstration plant at the K.Hill project owned by Giyani Metals in Botswana is making progress

JV stalls, but still on offer

27th May 2022 Diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) announced earlier this month that, despite intensive advanced and ongoing discussions with interested parties, the board has been unable to secure a new joint venture (JV) partner to acquire the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana before the extended... 

A mine vehicle moving into the mouth of the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana which is up on offer by Gem Diamonds
GOING GOING GHAGHOO Botswana Diamonds continues ts discussions with potential JV partners to acquire the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana

Renewed interest in drill observed

27th May 2022 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has noted a renewed interest in its Sandvik DD422i, the next-generation mining jumbo with a range of automatic drilling functions, from tier one mining contractors operating at high-production mines in South Africa, Botswana and... 

A large red underground mining automatic drilling rig supplied by Sandvik which is being taken up by the Southern African market again
AUTOMATIC CHOICE The renewed interest in Sandvik's DD422i automatic drill is owing to African mines consistently turning to modern technologies to run more efficient operations

Clients’ lack of technical knowledge hampering consulting engineers

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 While the relationship between the consulting engineering industry and the South African mining industry is growing in a general sense, consulting engineers, nevertheless, face challenges in providing professional services to the mining industry, many not unlike those experienced when dealing... 

An image depicting a silhouette of construction workers and an excavator against the backdrop of a blue and yellow sunset
Photo by Adobe
MINING INDUSTRY CHALLENGES Campbell attributes challenges experienced by consulting engineers in mining to a lack of technical knowledge among mining clients with regard to providing such consulting engineering services

Mining industry sees positive developments

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 There have been positive developments in the mining sector regarding health and safety standards, particularly with the establishment of the global industry standard on tailings management (GISTM), says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. The GISTM relates... 

An image of Chris Campbell, standing with his hands in his pockets, wearing glasses, a black suit and tie with a white collared shirt
CHRIS CAMPBELL Cesa’s School of Consulting Engineering offers online and in-person training and teaches skills including people management, financial management, contract management and interpersonal skills

Mixed reviews for BIM

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 While consulting engineers are leading the building information modelling (BIM) drive, with designs and analyses being completely BIM-orientated, the technology has had mixed success for the mining industry in South Africa so far, says tertiary education institute University of Pretoria (UP)... 

Image depicting a person holding a yellow construction helmet and plans against a blue and white construction site backdrop
Photo by Adobe
GOING OUT ON A BIM While consulting engineers are leading the BIM drive, the technology has had mixed success for the mining industry in South Africa so far

Local miners urged to adopt renewables

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 Considering the global emphasis on a just energy transition, South African mining houses are assessing their options for the adoption of renewable energy through either their own build programmes or the procurement of energy from independent power producers, says leading consulting engineering... 

Black and white image portraying a smiling Janice Foster
JANICE FOSTER To tackle the ambiguity associated with adopting renewable energy, consulting engineers recommend appropriate solutions to minimise uncertainties

Miners relying more on consulting engineers

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 As demands on the mining sector become increasingly onerous and complex, mines’ reliance on consulting engineers has grown, particularly in terms of health and safety, as well as environment, social and corporate governance (ESG), says engineering consultancy SRK MD Vis Reddy. Over the past 20... 

An image depicting two consulting engineers wearing bright orange vests and hard hats overlooking a mine site, standing next to a white vehicle
ADAPTIVE MEASURES Despite mounting pressures placed on consulting engineers by reporting standards, Reddy says consulting engineers have adequately adapted to meet necessary requirements
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